Moral Resistance and Spiritual Authority: Our Jewish Obligation to Social Justice
This foundational new book reminds us of our ancient obligation to bring justice to the world. The essays in this collection explore the spiritual underpinnings of our Jewish commitment to justice, using Jewish text and tradition, as well as contemporary sources and models. Among the topics covered are women's health, LGBTQ rights, healthcare, racial justice, speaking truth to power, and community organizing.
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Moral Resistance and Spiritual Authority is a treasure trove of theological reflection, spiritual
nourishment, and practical faith organizing advice. Dip into it for a specific need, or read it
cover to cover. It is teaching for our community in challenging times. It nourished my spirit
and it can nourish yours! Read it.
SR. SIMONE CAMPBELL, Sister of Social Service, Executive Director, NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice
Judaism is based on ancient tradition and continuous scholarship to understand our guiding
principles. The essayists in this book have analyzed and interpreted Jewish verse and law in the way
of our ancestors. As we follow our moral compasses and seek spiritual inspiration in an ever-changing
world, this book provokes thought and discussion for how we forge ahead, emboldened by a higher
calling and the power to effect change. Their words offer wisdom, solace, and meaning for the Jewish
community and society writ large as we all strive for social justice.
JONATHAN GREENBLATT, CEO and National Director, ADL
Too many of us feel overwhelmed and in despair over the hatreds and tensions that
dominate our countries. This inspiring book, edited by Rabbi Jonah Pesner and Rabbi Seth
Limmer lifts our spirits, fortifies our moral resolve, and guides our political engagements
with wisdom from classical Jewish texts andthe examples of courageous Jewish leaders.
DR. SUSANNAH HESCHEL, Eli Black Professor of Jewish Studies, Dartmouth College
At a time when our nation confronts a wide range of moral and political crises, Moral Resistance
and Spiritual Authority provides a timely and crucial roadmap for Jewish Americans to be
leaders, advocates, and allies in addressing the most important challenges of our time.
STOSH COTLER, CEO of Bend the Arc: Jewish Action